Quality Enhancement Grants

2013 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 Quality Enhancement Grant recipients.  Click here to read how the 2013 grantees improved the quality of their programs! The Quality Enhancement Grant project, an annual funding opportunity administered by School's Out Washington, is designed to improve the quality of Washington State's licensed or certified afterschool programs for school-age children ages 5-12, particularly those from low-income families, communities of color and those with special needs. The following organizations received this year’s Quality Enhancement grant of up to $3,000 to help improve the quality of their program.
  • Associate Recreation Council- School Age Care at Yesler Community Center - Seattle, WA
  • Crossroad Kids Christian Child Care at East Valley Reformed Church - Yakima, WA
  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians - Cusick, WA
  • Kids Company- Evergreen Children's Association - Seattle, WA
  • Northeast Youth Center - Spokane, WA
  • St. James Family Center - Cathlamet, WA
  • The Apple Club - Clear Lake, WA
  • Women's Resource Center of North Central Washington - Share Care Child Care Center- Wenatchee, WA
  • YMCA at Bailey Gatzert - Seattle, WA
  • YMCA of Greater Tri-Cities - Richland, WA
“The Apple Club before & after school program is excited to make several improvements with the QE grant funds.  Our staff have strengths in music, literacy, and other arts, but have longed for more math & science in our curriculum options.  We anticipate purchasing several toys, activity kits, & equipment to round out our options.  We're also looking forward to providing more play equipment for indoor large motor use.  When kids have been in school all day, they're full of wiggles, and the QE grant funds will make our afternoon sessions more enjoyable for both staff & kids!”  - Erin Greene, Director of The Apple Club, Clear Lake, WA

About the Quality Enhancement Grant

The Quality Enhancement Grant project, an annual funding opportunity administered by School's Out Washington, is designed to improve the quality of Washington State's licensed or certified afterschool programs for school-age children ages 5-12, particularly those from low-income families, communities of color and those with special needs.  School's Out hopes that, through this project, children and youth can be engaged in enriching supervised activities in their afterschool time.
 
Timeline
  • Applications were due on November 16, 2012.
  • November-December 2012: Proposals reviewed by review panel representing each region of Washington state
  • Week of December 17, 2012: Grants of up to $3,000 awarded to selected programs. Priority for funding is given to programs that plan to serve high percentages (over 50%) of children from low-income communities, children of color and/or children with special needs (physical, mental, behavioral and/or language). All grant awards are final.
  • January 2, 2013: Contract period begins.
  • June 7, 2013: Contract period ends. Funded programs must expend all grant dollars and submit all evaluation materials and paperwork.
 
Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicant must be a licensed or certified program through the Washington State Department of Early Learning (School-age providers who have been subject to revocation, suspension or probation are not eligible to apply).
  • Applicant must provide direct, regular, structured, formally organized services in Washington State for school-age children ages 5 to 12 during their afterschool time. Services must be provided at least twice a week and may be provided before school, after school, during school breaks, on weekends or in the evenings.
  • Applicant must be able to meet a 25% local matching requirement. For example, if a program requests $3,000, it must provide $750 in cash or in-kind donation. In-kind donations may include supplies, labor, space, equipment, and/or any other type of item that benefits the program's planned grant activity. The cash or in-kind match may not include any federal funds provided under any authority except in the case of tribal organizations, which may use federal funds in their match.
  • School districts, public entities, for-profit and non-profit groups in Washington may apply. Programs must be open to all children regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status of their families, sexual orientation, political ideology or ability. Since funding for Quality Enhancement Grants comes from federal dollars, programs that have a religious affiliation will be required to provide assurances that grant funds will not be used for religious instruction.
  • Applicant must demonstrate the capacity to ensure proper administrative and accounting procedures.
  • Applicant must have liability insurance and be able to provide proof if funded.
  • Recipients of 2011-2012 Quality Enhancement Grants (funded January - June 2012) may not apply.
Please contact Virginia Eader at (206) 336-6924 if you have questions.